Lambda Welcomes Two New Board Members
(NEW YORK, Tuesday, October 23, 2001) — Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund announced Tuesday the addition of two dynamic and seasoned businesswomen to its board of directors.
Jennifer Cast, a vice president and general manager at Seattle-based Amazon.com, and Cathy Halligan, director of the San Francisco-based branding firm, Prophet, were elected during Lambda’s recent board meeting in Chicago. Both women add an abundance of business leadership experience to Lambda’s board.
“Jennifer and Cathy are vital additions to the board of Lambda Legal Defense,” said Kevin M. Cathcart, Lambda executive director. “Their innovative business savvy will be instrumental in moving Lambda forward during challenging times.”
Cast helped lead Amazon.com from a start-up with just 100 employees, to a worldwide e-commerce company, with a staff of over 7,000. A graduate of Yale University, and Stanford Graduate School of Business, Cast has been a member of Lambda’s Steering Committee in Seattle.
“I am honored to continue contributing to Lambda’s work in this new way,” Cast said. “This organization is an essential force in the lesbian and gay civil rights movement.”
Halligan brings 10 years of executive level branding and marketing experience to Lambda’s board. As director of Prophet, which recently completed a pro bono, quarter-million dollar branding and marketing review for Lambda, she works closely with several Fortune 50 clients on developing and refining brand and marketing strategies and approaches. Prior to Prophet, she held VP marketing positions at Williams-Sonoma, Gymboree and Blue Nile Inc. Halligan is a graduate of Northern Illinois University, and has completed graduate level course work at Thunderbird, the American Graduate School of International Management.
“I have long respected Lambda’s unparalleled civil rights work for lesbians and gay men,” Halligan said. “I have no doubt we will continue to move toward equality, and I am proud to be a part of this important organization.”
Lambda, the nation’s oldest and largest legal organization dedicated to the civil rights of lesbians, gay men and people with HIV and AIDS, is headquartered in New York, with regional offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Atlanta. Lambda will open an office in Dallas in 2002.